Linton Steadman leads Fayrouz to easy victory in Jamaica Oaks
Trainer Anthony Nunes’ FAYROUZ turned the tables on the first four past the post in the 1000 Guineas, easily winning Saturday’s Jamaica Oaks at 2000 metres, after finishing fifth at a mile in the season’s first classic three weeks ago.
Refitted with the visor in which she had won her first race, FAYROUZ attacked long-time leader HONEY RYDA a furlong and a half out and ran away from her rivals to win by seven lengths with non-claiming apprentice Linton Steadman.
HONEY RYDA, who was third in the Guineas, finished a clear second, seven and a half lengths ahead of 17-1 outsider FREE MARIE, who improved on her fourth-place run to beat Guineas runner-up LICI’S PEPSI for third place.
DISABILITY CHARM, the 4-5 favourite with Dick Cardenas, swerved to her right at the start and also lost ground when pushed wide at the clubhouse turn, eventually finishing eighth in the 10-horse field.
FAYROUZ raced in mid-pack while Shane Ellis astride HONEY RYDA led MY SISTER with Robert Halledeen.
HONEY RYDA straightened with a two-length lead but was attacked by FAYROUZ, who quickened to lead a furlong and a half out .
BILINGUAL in the fifth event was the first of two winners on the 11-race card for Nunes, who shared honours with defending champion Wayne DaCosta. Nunes, however, grabbed the $1.62m winners’ share of the $3m Oaks purse to maintain his lead in the trainers’ title race.
Michael Marlowe also posted two winners, PEGGY’S VISION in the ninth and brought the curtains down with LEEKOUT, providing jockey Prince Holder with a rare win.
Wesley Henry was the only jockey to ride two winners, BILINGUAL and DEAL MARKER in the seventh.